RESOURCES FOR STUDENT SUCCESS
INTRODUCING

A Groundbreaking Five-Week  Classroom Resource for Bridging the Gap Between Pre-College and College-Level Writing

THE PROBLEM:

Three-quarters of students entering college lack the writing skills they need for success.

THE CAUSES:

1) Not enough authentic composition experience prior to college
2) Pre-college writing instruction not aligned with college-level expectations

COLLEGE-READY WRITING ESSENTIALS™ IS DESIGNED TO DIRECTLY ADDRESS BOTH OF THESE PROBLEMS

 

 

OUR SOLUTION:

College-Ready Writing Essentials

A five-week teacher-facilitated resource that guides students through the composition of a research-supported persuasive essay.

Designed with the challenges of classroom composition instruction in mind, CRWE provides the kind of writing experience that will best equip students for college success, aligning task and instruction with college-level practices and concepts.

BRIDGING THE GAP

We did something that hasn’t been done before: We took the extensive research on college-ready writing—including frameworks for success, best instructional practices, and composition theory—and translated it into a focused, easy-to-implement resource for pre-college and early-college classrooms and programs.

We designed CRWE on deeply researched, evidence-centered principles, so that schools and instructors can have confidence that their students are acquiring the competencies most needed for college-level writing success.

 

  • Targets the competencies that research indicates are essential to college writing readiness, including not only cognitive abilities, but also noncognitive behaviors and metacognitive awareness

  • Employs evidence-based instructional practices

  • Aligns with the rigor, theory, and instructional approach found in college settings

  • Attends to classroom impediments to authentic composition instruction

  • Provides a mode of student performance assessment that supports both actionable diagnostic information and evidence-based claims about student readiness

Built on Research, Grounded in Theory
We set out to understand the college-ready writing gap by analyzing the rich body of scholarship on the differences between pre-college and college-level writing instruction. CRWE reflects the best of what we know about college-ready writing practices, principles, and theory.
Best Instructional Practices
An abundance of research identifies the skills and abilities required for successful college-level writing, and provides guidance on effective approaches to instruction. CRWE is built on these best practices.
Competency-Based Instruction & Assessment
At the core of CRWE is a detailed framework that precisely articulates the cognitive, noncognitve, and metacognitive competencies the resource teaches to and elicits from students. Our framework is aligned with the Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing, developed by the Council of Writing Program Administrators, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the National Writing Project.
Integrated SEL
Productive dispositions, behaviors, and habits of mind are essential to academic success. CRWE integrates the learning and practice of self-regulating behaviors and metacognitive awareness into writing instruction and assessment.
Aligned with College Expectations
CRWE introduces pre-college and early-college students to the writing concepts, practices, and performance expectations they will encounter in college settings.
Classroom Confidence & Flexibility
CRWE is designed to be easily integrated into existing courses and programs. While instructors can choose to modify, supplement, and adapt the resource as needed, CRWE is complete in itself, including all of the instructional language, exercises, evaluation tools, and other resources needed for a self-contained unit of study. A detailed Instructor’s Guide aids implementation.

College-Ready Writing Essentials

IS RIGHT FOR:

High School Classrooms
Dual Credit Programs
Summer Workshops
Developmental Ed Programs
Corequisite Coursework
Supplemental Education
College Composition/English/Rhetoric
Any Writing-Intensive Course 

TRAINING STUDENTS FOR COLLEGE-LEVEL ACADEMIC WORK

CRWE is intended for use in pre-college and early-college classrooms and programs. It is suitable for composition, English, or rhetoric courses, but also for history, communications, culture studies, social science, or other contexts—wherever students may be asked to practice disciplined inquiry: to discover a topic that interests them, define an issue, research it, consider multiple perspectives, and produce an extended composition that takes a position and supports it with evidence and argumentation. Since students choose their own topic to research and write about, they may take multiple passes through CRWE, perhaps in different courses or programs, accumulating and improving skills with each iteration.

 

A COMPLETE RESOURCE

  • 25 flexible lessons

  • Instructional language addressed to students

  • Reduced instructor planning time

  • Facilitates rich teacher-student feedback

  • Evaluation tools and criteria aimed at both product and process

  • Step-by-step process strategies

  • Extended writing exercises throughout

  • Models and examples throughout

  • Links to resources

  • Detailed Instructor’s Guide includes built-in PD

  • Competency-based assessment framework

OVERCOMING OBSTACLES

The majority of students do not get enough experience with authentic composition prior to entering college. Research points to two primary obstacles:

 

 

1) Teachers feels inadequately prepared to teach composition
2) Overcrowded classrooms make it impractical for teachers to assign extended writing projects that demand time-intensive responses

CRWE’S INNOVATIVE DESIGN SUPPORTS INSTRUCTORS AND EASES THE WORKLOAD THAT COMES WITH TEACHING COMPOSITION

 

 

(For citations and discussion, please see our CRWE White Paper.)

OUR MISSION

To provide more students with effective writing instruction, practice, and assessment, to improve their opportunities for success at college-level academic work.

COLLEGE-READY WRITING ESSENTIALS

…targets the right skills and concepts and teaches them in a way that mitigates existing instructional challenges. We aim to better prepare more students for college-level writing, reduce the need for remediation, help increase completion rates, and ultimately better equip more people for success in their educational pursuits, in their careers, and in their personal and civic lives.

CRWE is an equity-minded resource that reflects BetterRhetor’s commitment to helping all students who want a college education succeed in their efforts, regardless of income or background.

 

BetterRhetor’s CRWE White Paper presents our analysis of the college-ready writing gap and describes our design strategy for CRWE, including its research and theoretical foundations and pedagogical approach.

 

EXPERIENCE, EXPERTISE, PASSION

CRWE was developed by BetterRhetor Founder and CEO William Bryant, PhD. Dr. Bryant has more than thirty years of experience as a writer, editor, and educator. As Director of Writing Assessments for a major college admissions testing organization, he worked extensively with student writing, gaining a deep understanding of the college-ready writing gap and its causes. CRWE reflects BetterRhetor’s commitment to helping all students who want a college education succeed in their efforts, regardless of income or background.

HOW TO GET STARTED

CRWE is available via Canvas LMS—using our environment or yours. Visit our demo page for an in-depth look. We can also adapt CRWE to any other LMS, or provide a printable version. To discuss opportunities for your students, please send us a message below.